There is guidance available for high school leaders who want to lead their schools in become great schools’schools that consistently get uncommon results from rather common collections of students’without succumbing to the ‘try-everything-that-comes-down-the-pike-and-hope-to-get-lucky’ approach. Four decades of research by such familiar names as Boyer, DiMartino, DuFour, Fullan, Goodlad, Guskey, Marzano, Reeves, Schmoker, Sizer, Wiggins, and others tells us a lot about how high school students learn, about good teaching, about effective leadership, about positive school cultures, and about the working conditions under which teachers are the most productive. As researcher and author Robert J. Marzano is fond of pointing out, there is a science as well as an art to effective teaching and effective leadership in schools. In a book scheduled for release by ASCD in September 2009 titled Becoming a Great High School: 6 Strategies + 1 Attitude That Make a Difference, author, consultant, and former high school Principal Dr. Tim Westerberg presents a simple yet comprehensive research-based model that can used to focus and direct school improvement efforts. The six strategies reflect what great high schools do, while the attitude provides the context that enables them to implement those strategies on a consistent basis. The lead strategy great high